Nov 17, 2007 11:06pm
Re: Hot Tuna
hey hey johnnyonthespot.
Hot Tuna in the early to mid '70s... like micmac says, they were heavy hard rockers, when they rocked.
And then, they played some beautiful tunes like Water Song, Genesis, Watch The North Wind Rise...
and stuff inbetween like Killing Time In Crystal City.
I saw em do a great version of Crystal City in 1975 at Bimbo's down on Columbus Ave.
By '76 or '77 their rep for rocking out preceded them, and they began attracting the bridge and tunnel tough guys to their gigs, these clean cut kids who drank a lot and danced very aggressively.
But that was all part of the energy the Tuna gigs seemed to generate.
I saw the 2 night stand at Temple Beautiful, when they taped Double Dose in 1978 on the 2nd night.
Actually the 1st night (I thot at the time) was a better show.
The cool thing was, I paid for one ticket, to see the 1st nite. And they said from the stage, save the ticket stub - good for free admission the following nite.
Jorma kept leaving the stage to change t-shirts during the heated pressure of the live taping.
One song as I recall that really sounds good (the lead break) on DD is "Talkin' 'Bout You".
(TBY is not on the compilation or single lp version of the orig. double lp of Double Dose.)
I remember seeing Hot Tuna at Fillmore West in early '71, a great double bill (not including the Trinidad Steel Band also on the bill) because we got blown away by the 2nd band...
Allman Brothers, with Duane. Ow!!
I remember seeing Jorma play a non-Tuna show at Speedway Meadows circa 1979 in GG park.
He had all these tattoos on display (he went shirtless towards the end, and he had died his ducktail platinum blonde.
The old freaks were a little freaked, but hey, he was tryin' to keep pace with SVT.
SVT is an underrated spin-off of Tuna with Jack tryin' to keep up with the changes too.
I hung out at there drummer's house once, Paul Zahl, who eventually drummed for the Flamin' Groovies when SVT folded prematurely. Jack walked in. Quiet sort of dude.
RIP, Brian (lead singer, SVT).
Last time I saw Jack, about 4 years ago he was playin' acoustic in the afternoon at a 4 table coffee house.
I had flashes like it was 1965 all over again.
Wish it was, man.
This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2007-11-18 07:06:19